WOOD, Benjamin, (brother of Fernando Wood),
a Representative from New York;
born in Shelbyville, Shelby County, Ky., October 13, 1820;
moved to New York City with his parents;
attended the public schools;
entered the shipping business;
purchased the Daily News in 1860 and was its editor and publisher until his death;
chairman of Democratic Editors in 1860;
elected as a Democrat to the Thirty-seventh and Thirty-eighth Congresses (March 4, 1861-March 3, 1865);
member of the State senate in 1866 and 1867;
elected to the Forty-seventh Congress (March 4, 1881-March 3, 1883);
died in New York City February 21, 1900;
interment in Calvary Cemetery, Long Island City, N.Y.
Mushkat, Jerome. Ben Woods Fort Lafayette: A Source for Studying the Peace Democrats. Civil War History 21 (June 1975): 160-71.